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Build Guide

Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA




With the current mining craze, prices of GPUs are high and availability is low. However, with patience and vigilance, you can find a fairly reasonable price. With this in mind, this guide uses one of the new AMD Raven Ridge APUs, which will allow you to play many games while waiting and searching for a GPU at an acceptable price.


The Ryzen 5 2400G is a CPU and GPU packed into one chip. While not as strong as discrete gaming video cards, the 2400G's integrated GPU will easily handle popular games like League of Legends, CS:GO, and Overwatch. However, it will likely not provide a great PUBG experience. It comes with a stock CPU cooler, so adding an aftermarket cooler will not be necessary.

Once a discrete video card is purchased, the 2400G will offer competitive CPU performance, making this a great short and long term purchase.


We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for mATX B350 chipsets, which will allow us to overclock the CPU without breaking the bank. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.


For this build and most machines outside of the top end enthusiast realm we opted to go with 8GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on dual channel 8GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2933 and above, as Raven Ridge APUs scale well with higher frequency memory.


We're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, in addition to the rising cost of video cards due to the current mining craze, we've had to cut out the SSD in order to keep this build more budget-friendly. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or add an SSD to fit yours.


Due to the high cost of GPUs and low availability, we are using a parametric filter for a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with a max price set. With patience and vigilance, you can find a video card for around this price, and we want to provide a part list that is more accurate to this concept.

In the meantime, the graphics processing power of the Ryzen 5 2400G APU will be sufficient for quality gaming in popular games like League of Legends, CS:GO and Overwatch. While you likely won't get desired performance specifically in PUBG, the APU will be able to carry you in other games until you find an available GPU at an acceptable price.


All of the components are housed in the Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 mid tower. This case offers a lot of premium features for a low price, including a full-size window and PSU shroud. It also includes 2 USB 3.0 front panels ports, several cable management features such as cable cutouts and a cabling bump, and it can fit full sized GPUs and nearly all PSUs.


For the PSU, we're using a parametric selection of a few well-reviewed semi-modular and modular units, which are all rated for good power efficiency and can provide plenty of power for this build.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Entry Level Gaming Guide.

Part List Customize This Part List

Warning: These parts have potential issues/incompatibilities. (See details.)

Estimated Wattage: 152W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $199.99 FREE $199.99 Mike's Computer Shop Buy
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • Onboard Video: Depends on CPU
$94.00 -$25.00 $69.00 Vuugo Buy
$25.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$80.95 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $80.95 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$71.99 $71.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Video Card
No Matches Available
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $200.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Case $64.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $64.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Power Supply $66.99 $66.99 PC-Canada Buy
Base Total: $578.91
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Total: $553.91
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Potential Issues / Incompatibilities

  • Some AMD B350 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Raven Ridge CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions.

Comments Sorted by:

p.eckert31 4 points 12 days ago

I'm glad the compatibility filter flagged it, but you should really mention the need to update the mobo to be compatible with Raven Ridge processors. My roommate was told it would take roughly a month to send him a kit to update his bios, because Newegg would not accept a return for it due to incompatibility of the BIOS. Luckily, we have another roommate who had a Ryzen 3 1200 and a 1050ti. We had to disassemble one computer and use the components to update the other. The new build would've taken about a month to receive parts from AMD, if he was even approved for the update kit.

CrazedPatel 1 point 10 days ago

You can request a boot kit for free in which they will give you another processor so you can update BIOS

p.eckert31 2 points 10 days ago

Yea, he bought MSI, and their rep said he would have to pay for shipping the mobo back to MSI for an update, and then they would ship it back to him. Total time: 2-4 weeks. AMD said he could request an older AM4 chip to update, but it would be waiting on approval for about 2 weeks, and then it would ship regular post, so another 1-2 weeks. Just wanted to say, if you are buying a motherboard, they now have ones with Raven Ridge stickers on the box that say it is the latest updated bios.

ShootDawg 2 points 13 days ago

While you do say you are waiting for a 1050 Ti to come down in price, you don't come out and say that you need to pickup a video card in order to use this building while you wait, since the motherboard does not have on-board video ports

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 13 days ago

Good catch, I'd left out one criteria in the parametric filter and have since fixed it. Thank you.

Vairfoley 14 Builds 2 points 9 days ago

This is a fantastic build guide.

Hopefully, the AM4 platform will be here to stay for a while so this build will have a great upgrade path in the future. I'm absolutely going to use this as a baseline for any budget builds I'll make in the future.

The only thing I would possibly change is the 2TB HDD. Of course, storage space varies from user to user, but personally, I would start out with a smaller SSD since secondary HDDs are so much easier to throw in and upgrade afterwards without having to clone or reinstall Windows.

tan--ahmed 1 point 7 days ago

What do you do about the Mobo bios issue?

JafakeanBacon 1 point 7 days ago

A note about the case's side panel: On the MasterBox Lite 5, the side panel is acrylic, while on the Masterbox Lite 5 RGB, the panel is tempered glass. Still a great case, just a small correction for the build description.

aden1928 1 point 6 days ago

So if I plan on running fortnite and H1Z1 and pubg and a few other games for like 5 hours a day ( not each) is this a good build? what fps would it run about

PixelatedHam 1 point 3 days ago

With the GTX 1050ti, yes.

sapphirethunder 1 point 3 days ago

With just the integrated graphics of 2400G, you need to turn everything down to low and you still might not get 60fps at 1080p. With 1050Ti you can easily get 60fps at 1080p on around medium to high settings.

aden1928 1 point 4 days ago

when you say 442 or what ever you didnt include a graphics card which made me confused

kingawsume 1 point 4 days ago

The R5 2400G is an APU; it includes a GPU on the die. The BIOS will allocate some of your system memory for use as the on-die GPU's VRAM. Think of it as including a low power graphics card on the CPU (the 1030 springs to mind, as the maximum RAM allocation as of a week ago or so was 2 GB.)

Logane616 1 point 4 days ago

At lower settings those should be fine

PixelatedHam 1 point 3 days ago

Thsi is really a better build without the GTX 1050ti, it beats the G4560/GT 1030 combo, which is also solid. Definitely pop a SSD in there instead of a HDD. Are there any boards that already have the most recent BIOS for Raven Ridge? Cause I don't want to wait 4 weeks just to get a kit.

r_king@live.ca -1 points 11 days ago

I actually own the Seasonic M12II power supply and have had no issues. My Ryzen 3 1200 is overclocked to 3.8GHz and I have had no stability problems caused by the power supply. In addition, the fan is extremely quiet, much quieter than my case fans. It's just a quality fully modular budget power supply. It deserves it's 4.8/5 star rating and I highly recommend.

Link to my build with the power supply.


vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

The M12II is a poor choice in PSU. It lacks OTP, its group regulated, its not a quiet PSU, it doesn't support C6/C7 power states, and its not that good performance wise. Its 8 years old, time to move on from it.

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r_king@live.ca 1 point 10 days ago

Strange because none of the reviews on every single website i checked mentioned anything about that. I guess someone that doesn't actually own one will have a better opinion than actual owners. smh

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

If they didn't mention anything like I assume was in the comment then it was a bad review site that shouldn't be used for PSU's. You can't have a opinion on it just based on ownership, PSU's are highly complex parts. Opinions are not created equal. I don't have a valid opinion on quantum physics and you don't have a valid opinion based on just owning the PSU. To have a real opinion outside of visible or physical stuff e.g cables, weight, etc you will either need to look up reviews/info on the unit or test the performance of your PSU and take it apart. How can you know something that you don't know or haven't checked? This is everything Tomshardware does to review a PSU, it is how you should fully review a PSU.


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rjay.dr 1 Build 3 points 14 days ago

Could you please explain why you don't recommend the use of the M12II evo power supply? Are there known issues with it? Thanks.

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rjay.dr 1 Build 1 point 14 days ago

Wow those are a lot of points. It seems you've really done your research about power supplies. Have you owned an M12II before and encountered any issue? What PSU within the same power rating would you recommend instead?

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rjay.dr 1 Build 2 points 14 days ago

Got it,thanks! Will consider these in the future.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
ASRock - AB350M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Kingston - Savage 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 7W - 7W
Toshiba - 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 34W - 152W